Volunteer tourism and the "voluntoured"

The case of Tijuana, Mexico

Nancy Gard McGehee, Kathleen Andereck

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Abstract

This paper explores resident attitudes to volunteer tourism in several small communities within Tijuana, Mexico. Social exchange theory has been used to argue that the degree of personal benefit from volunteer tourism would predict residents' perceptions of the impacts of volunteer tourism and support for volunteer tourism planning and for volunteer tourism activities. Survey research of a purposive sample targeted several neighborhoods within Tijuana that were extensively "voluntoured". Results indicate mixed support for social exchange theory. Implications are discussed concerning the need for volunteer tourism organizations to include a variety of community stakeholders in the volunteer tourism development process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-51
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sustainable Tourism
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

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Keywords

  • Resident attitudes
  • Social exchange theory
  • Volunteer tourism

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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Volunteer tourism and the "voluntoured" : The case of Tijuana, Mexico. / McGehee, Nancy Gard; Andereck, Kathleen.

In: Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2009, p. 39-51.

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